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September 2015 issue

Two in a row for SCU as Nocturnal Tapes takes out national uni band competition

Harry Suttor (right) and Lachie Mulligan (credit: Kalem Horn).

Global business leader wins SCU Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award


Street procession a highlight of spring graduation


A street procession through the heart of Lismore was a highlight of the University’s spring graduation ceremonies this month. More than 230 graduands attended two ceremonies at the Lismore campus. The University medal was awarded to Matthew Wellings, who graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours). The first occasional address was given by Steve […]

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Graduation a family affair for Courtney Richards


Courtney Richards graduated on Saturday, September 12, with a Bachelor of Business.  She is one of four in her family, spanning three generations, who have studied at Southern Cross University and its predecessor institutions. This is her story. Saturday, 12 September 2015, was a very special day for myself and for my family. It marked […]

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Sophie’s marine dream and Live Ideas a perfect match

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Sophie Pryor has always dreamed of a career as a marine research scientist and thanks to Southern Cross University’s Live Ideas program that dream is closer to becoming a reality. The final-year Bachelor of Environmental Science (Fisheries and Aquaculture Management) student recently completed an internship at Coffs Harbour with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), […]

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Laughter is the best medicine: from clown doctor to OT


Louise Heskins is living a double life. In one she’s a 45-year-old mum-of-two in her second year of a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University. In the other she’s Dr B. Bubbly, a loveable, bubble-blowing clown doctor bringing joy to the lives of sick kids. And the latter has had a great impact […]

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Head-Start double no trouble for the Marsh family


As parents of twins, Grafton’s Trevor and Leanne Marsh know all about splitting their time. This year, that concept took on a whole new meaning as their children, 17-year-old Grafton High students Kailyn and Izaac, completed Southern Cross University’s Head-Start program – one in Coffs Harbour, one in Lismore, both on the same day and […]

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Golden Key scholarship recipient using science to restore the earth’s health

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Avid gardener, environmental scientist and Southern Cross University PhD candidate Arun Looman is reaping the benefits of his passion for learning after receiving a Golden Key Education Debt Reduction Award. Arun’s PhD is his third consecutive degree with SCU. All the while he has maintained a high grade point average (GPA). The Award, worth $US5000, […]

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California Dreamin’: a sport science student on exchange in the US

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Sport science/law student Joseph Teege is on a five-month international exchange at California Lutheran University (Cal Lu) in the USA. Cal Lu, near Los Angeles, is a SCU partner university. Joseph will provide updates to DiscoverSCU about his experiences until he returns to Australia in January 2016. It has now been close to a month since […]

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All out of fresh ideas: how supermarket giants send mixed messages about food

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By Associate Professor Adele Wessell, School of Arts and Social Sciences. Fast food giant McDonald’s has been under a cloud in recent years as its US customers turn to alternatives. In this “Fast food reinvented” series in The Conversation, Adele Wessell explores what the food sector is doing to keep customers hooked and sales rising. Australia’s […]

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Hairi Jalis: Eating my way around the world on the Gold Coast

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Hairi Jalis – who hails from Malaysia – is a Phd candidate in the School of Business and Tourism, with a special interest in gastronomic tourism. Hairi recently wrote this blog about the Gold Coast’s burgeoning street food scene and how it compares to his homeland.  Street food is a Malaysian way of life and […]

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Postcard to Home: Militsa Antonova


Militsa Antonova is, as far as she knows, the only eastern European student at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus. Hailing from Sevlievo, a small town in central Bulgaria, the 20-year-old is in her second year of her Bachelor of Business in International Hospitality Management. After she graduates she hopes to stay in Australia to […]

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Meet the staff: Sarah Biersteker

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What is your job at SCU?  Engagement Facilitator with Sustainability, Partnerships and Community Engagement Why do you love your job? I love the variety of projects I get to participate in and find out about. I also love meeting staff and students right across the university. The SPaCE team is great too, so that makes […]

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